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FILE - In this July 7, 2013 file photo, Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley hits a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland. Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila watches. A person familiar with the deal says the Indians have agreed to a long-term contract with outfielder Michael Brantley. Brantley, who was Cleveland's most consistent player last season, will sign a four-year, $25 million deal once he passes a physical, says the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
MLB: OF Brantley signs 4-year extension with Indians
First Published Feb 13 2014 10:52 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 04:41 pm

Goodyear, Ariz. • The Cleveland Indians have signed outfielder Michael Brantley to a four-year, $25 million contract extension that avoids arbitration and gives him a prominent place in the team’s future.

Brantley led the team with a .284 batting average last season. He set career highs with 26 doubles, 10 homers, 73 RBIs and 66 runs. He also stole 17 bases in 21 attempts.

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He moved from center to left field a year ago when the Indians signed Michael Bourn. Manager Terry Francona used him throughout the lineup, batting him everywhere except ninth in the order.

Brantley and the team agreed on a deal earlier in the week. He signed it after reporting for spring training and passing a physical.

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